Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frustrated Benitez Left to Rue Side's Missed Chances; Benitez:We Deserved a Point - but We Have to Start Taking Our Chances

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frustrated Benitez Left to Rue Side's Missed Chances; Benitez:We Deserved a Point - but We Have to Start Taking Our Chances

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Byline: Chris Waugh at The Amex Stadium @CHRISDHWAUGH

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALB 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 RAFA Benitez has lamented Newcastle United's wastefulness in front of goal as they slipped to defeat on the south coast - but he remains adamant Brighton and Hove Albion's winner should have been disallowed.

The Magpies' boss concedes United's defending for Tomer Hemed's 51st-minute winner at The Amex was poor but he believes Chancel Mbemba was fouled by Bruno in the buildup to the set-piece strike.

However, before Chris Hughton's men took control of the game during the second half, Newcastle were guilty of missing excellent chances.

Most notably, Joselu wasted an opportunity from four yards out midway through the first half - putting it past the post when he simply had to hit the target.

Benitez accepts United will continue to be punished in the Premier League if they are not clinical.

He said as United's three-gamewinning run came to an end: "We had chances but didn't take them.

"There was a chance for Joselu in the first half and then in the second half we had three or four good positions where we should have done better.

"We have to learn from this defeat. In the Premier League you have to take your chances when they come along.

"You have to take your chances and you also have to be stronger in defence if you want to make sure you will have a clean sheet. Our fans are Turn to Page 46 FROM BACK PAGE very clever. They know we were talking about three wins in a row but they also see our team is a team which has to work very hard and do everything right to make sure it has chances to take points.

"We made mistakes and paid for that.

"We didn't take our chances,and that is a key factor in the games in the Premier League.

"The level of the teams is higher but in these games, when you are playing against a team more or less at your level, it is important to take something.

"I think we deserved to pick up at least one point, but we didn't do it. …

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